Slovenian President Borut Pahor said on Tuesday that cooperation with the neighbours was a starting point for any foreign policy and was one of his priorities, along with his efforts to ensure that Slovenia remained part of the core of the European Union and a credible member of NATO.
Speaking in an interview with Slovenian Television, Pahor said that his good cooperation with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and their initiative for a regional security summit, which was attended by US Vice-President Joe Biden and European Council President Donald Tusk, had defused tensions with Croatia over a scandal relating to the border arbitration process and Slovenia's decision to put up wire fencing along the shared border to keep migrants away.
Pahor said that he wanted the outstanding issues with Croatia to be dealt with through dialogue and cooperation, noting that it was more difficult now because Croatia still did not have a new government.
Commenting on Croatia's decision to withdraw from the arbitration process, Pahor said that he was disappointed by such a move because his government had been working on it for nearly two years. He said that it was important to Slovenia that the arbitration tribunal continue its work, expressing confidence that it would finish its work only after rendering a verdict on the border dispute between the two countries. "That would be good for Croatian-Slovenian relations, for the region and for the entire European Union."